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LCPS tech officer finalist in EdTech awards


The Las Cruces Public Schools announced that the district’s chief technology officer, an educator at the district for more than 21 years, received national recognition this month for his work in the area of education technology.

Joshua Silver was a finalist in two categories in the 2024 EdTech Awards , the district reported, those being the EdTech Leadership Award and EdTech Trendsetter Award.

The EdTech Awards, established by EdTech Digest in 2011, recognize contributions in technology, leadership and innovation in K-12 education and higher ed.

LCPS stated in a news release that Silver was named LCPS “Teacher of the Year” in 2014, and in addition to classroom teaching he has been dean of students at Arrowhead Park Early College High School and was the director of online teaching and learning. Now, the district says he is leading an effort to building a student technician program extending opportunities to intern at LCPS.

“I hope to build on a technology pipeline for our students and continue to provide workplace opportunities,” Silver stated in a news release. “This is a model that I would love to see other districts adopt. Not only does it give students opportunities to gain work experience, but they also gain valuable skills that will serve our entire community.”  

Silver also organized and hosted Impact 24, a regional technology conference open to all educators in southern New Mexico. He is also credited with creating one of the only film festivals in the state highlighting student-produced films, the Tell the Story Film Showcase, which celebrated its second year in March and included over 200 submitted student films.  

chief technology officer, Joshua Silver, 2024 EdTech Awards